It’s just surfing for points that he’s tired of. “I just want to surf and enjoy it… it’s not like I don’t have fire in the belly—fire in the belly is always something you have when you’re a surfer, I think.
Fanning with his newfound freedom and Occy as a veteran retiree both gave advice to him, but Fanning’s was perhaps the most useful for the rest of Parkinson’s final season. “Now that you’ve got this off your chest,” he said, “you can go and just surf for you now.
He’s a solid fixture in the so-called Old Guard, and with his announcement, that guard is basically finished. “I love everything about it, but I just can’t keep competing,” he says in Billabong’s announcement video. “I have no more fire or desire to want to win.
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